Passing Through is two years old this week, and I’m celebrating by giving away an ebook copy (see below).
Passing Through is still one of the books I’m most proud of. I wrote it during a really difficult time in my life, while my father was dying, and it was a very cathartic process.
I wrote it in order to make sense of my feelings about death, and in particular how I come to terms with it as an atheist. I don’t believe in an afterlife, or a better place, but that doesn’t mean our lives don’t count for something. We live on in the people who love us, and through the things we teach people in our lifetime. The overwhelming message of Passing Through is to seize the day – don’t waste the chances that life offers.
It’s not a ‘typical’ Jay Northcote book I guess. Inevitably it’s a bit less lighthearted than usual, because it deals with themes of bereavment. But I hope that the eventual happy ending more than makes up for the angsty ride.
Don’t waste a chance at happiness…
Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.
Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.
On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.
It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.
Length: 43,000 words
Cover art by Garrett Leigh
To enter to win an ebook copy of Passing Through, just leave me a comment below. Giveaway open till Wednesday 1st of March.